Physical Therapist

Interview of Karlyn Dauplaise, physical therapist, Florida Hospital, and physical therapy alumna, University of Central Florida (UCF)
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Quick Facts

  • 100% - (ATHLETIC TRAINING) First-time pass rate on the certification exam by 2016 graduates
  • 2nd - (HEALTH SCIENCES) Ranking among the 15 most popular majors at UCF in 2016-17
  • 12 - (PHYSICAL THERAPY) Ranking among "100 Best Jobs" by U.S. News & World Report

Mailing Address

Department of Health Professions
College of Health and Public Affairs
University of Central Florida

4364 Scorpius Street
Orlando, FL 32816-2205

Phone: 407-823-2214
Fax: 407-823-2596

Admissions

Admissions

UCF's Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) Program began participating in the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service, known as PTCAS, in July 2014.

Applicants applying to the entry-level physical therapist education program now apply online using the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) application.

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Applications are accepted once per academic year. PTCAS begins accepting applications in July, however, the UCF Doctor of Physical Therapy Program will not begin reviewing applications until September.

The application deadline is October 17 of the year prior to your entry term. The program begins in the SUMMER C semester, each year.

Applicants must meet all program requirements to be considered for admission. The following items MUST arrive to PTCAS by October 17. All necessary forms can be found at www.ptcas.org.

  • Completed PTCAS Application
  • All transcripts
  • GRE scores
  • TOEFL and foreign transcript evaluation (if required)
  • Observation hours (must be completed and verified)
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Resume upon request

Incomplete applications will NOT be reviewed.

All applicants to the UCF Doctor of Physical Therapy Program are expected to review the UCF Physical Therapy Essential Functions document.

Also see the responses to our Frequently Asked Questions.

2016-2017 Admission Interview Dates

The following dates have been set aside for interviews:

Friday, November 18, 2016
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Thursday, December 15, 2016
Friday, January 27, 2017

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) UCF DPT Code: 3871

Like many professional and graduate programs, UCF's Doctor of Physical Therapy Program requires applicants to submit GRE scores taken within the last five years from the date of application. Minimum scores are as follows:

Verbal Reasoning Score: 146
Quantitative Reasoning Score: 144
Analytical Writing Score: 3

If the exam is taken more than once, the highest score for each section of the test (super score) is used in making admissions decisions. Official GRE scores must be sent directly to PTCAS using the program code: 3871

Admission Requirements

All application materials must be received no later than October 17 of the year prior to your entry date. Meeting minimum requirements will not guarantee an applicant an interview or admission to the program.

  • A bachelor's degree in any discipline from a regionally accredited institution. Degree can be in progress at time of application but must be completed prior to the program's start in summer C semester.
  • Official GRE scores taken within last five years. Minimum scores to apply are 146 for verbal reasoning, 144 for quantitative reasoning and 3 on the analytical writing portion.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.00 (on 4.00 scale) in the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate degree.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.00 (on 4.00 scale) for all prerequisite courses. Each prerequisite course grade must be a 'C' or higher.
  • Completion of PTCAS application.
  • Completion of prerequisite courses within seven (7) years of anticipated matriculation.
  • A minimum of 30 hours of volunteer or work experience under the direct supervision of a licensed physical therapist. A variety of settings is recommended.
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation with PTCAS recommendation forms, including one from a physical therapist.
  • Resume upon request.
  • An on-campus interview, by invitation only.
  • UCF Graduate (supplemental) Application must be submitted in addition to PTCAS application. Deadline to submit the supplemental application is December 1, 2016. The UCF Graduate Application can be found at: https://application.graduate.ucf.edu/ .

Additional Requirements for International Students

  • The TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is required for all international students. Please contact the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program for more information at ptinfo@ucf.edu.
  • International students with transcripts from foreign institutions of higher education must also submit a foreign credentials evaluation available through World Education Services. The transcript must be translated to English and a course by course evaluation must be completed.

Prerequisite Requirements

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program recommends that all prerequisite courses be completed at the time of application. Candidates with all prerequisites completed at the time of application may be given preference over those still completing courses. No more than two prerequisite courses may be in progress in the fall semester and one course in the spring semester prior to the year of matriculation.

For the program's prerequisite course requirements, please refer to UCF Doctor of Physical Therapy Program Prerequisites.

PLEASE NOTE: The following will not be accepted:

- prerequisite courses older than seven years

-Online courses are NOT accepted for the following prerequisites: anatomy courses, physiology courses, physics courses, or chemistry courses. Hybrid courses are only accepted for the prerequisite courses listed above if the lab component is delivered in a face-to-face format (submission of course description/syllabi may be required to verify course delivery mode). Email ptinfo@ucf.edu to request a prerequisite review.

Expenses

Current tuition for the program during the 2014-2015 academic year:
Year 1 (45 credit hours) - $25,919.55 for in-state students and $63,017.55 for out-of-state students
Year 2 (40 credit hours) - $23,039.60 for in-state students and $55,015.60 for out-of-state students
Year 3 (27 credit hours) - $15,551.73 for in-state students and $37,810.53 for out-of-state students
*Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Additional information regarding tuition is available at http://www.studentaccounts.ucf.edu/TuitionFees.cfm . Information on how to pay for graduate school, please see Office of Student Financial Assistance.

DPT students are also responsible for lab fees, books and materials, and expenses related to their clinical education experiences. Clinical education expenses may include housing, food, transportation, and related professional expenses. Costs vary depending on the location of the clinical site and students should expect at least one clinical education experience to be outside of the Central Florida area.

Contact Information

Admission advising is by appointment only. To make an appointment or ask general questions about admission, please email samantha.moya@ucf.edu. For questions regarding the PTCAS application system or materials submitted to PTCAS, please call PTCAS directly at 617-612-2040.

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Program Contacts

Program phone: 407-823-3470
Program email:
ptinfo@ucf.edu

Patrick S. Pabian, PT, D.P.T., SCS, OCS, CSCS
Program Director, Clinical Associate Professor
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Samantha Moya, M.Ed.*
Coordinator, Academic Support Services
HPA I - 256
E-mail: samantha.moya@ucf.edu

*Contact Samantha for admissions inquiries

Samantha (Jax) Jackson, M.A.*
Coordinator, Academic Support Services
HPA I - 256
E-mail: samantha.jackson@ucf.edu

*Contact Jax for general program advising

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